And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
I Kings 19:12b
Pretty much any information I need or want is not only accessible with the touch of my cell, it’s excessive.
Google, the search engine giant that holds first place ranking among all others, is used as a noun and a verb.
“Just google it.”
Notifications ping all day long to alert me to a new post, another email, a text. Putting my cell on silent only causes me to check the screen with greater frequency to see if I’ve missed something.
In an effort to give my brain a little bit of breathing room, I’ve learned to prayerfully sift through and disregard unnecessary info.
Because it all sounds so LOUD.
Living in a world that shouts to be heard, it would seem that LOUD is essential.
~Learn this essential technology skill… (!)
~Here’s the latest on the political scandal… (!)
~Word of another cancer diagnosis… (!)
~A(nother) red-lettered ‘past-due’ bill delivered with staunch warning… (!)
And vital information wasn’t meant to be communicated, well, quietly.
Having become so wired to tune into the LOUD, I might not even hear it.
In this technologically advanced world, how old-school is a gently whispered word?
I’m a busy girl, you know. Takes a lot to grab my attention.
Yes, I know.
The gentle and ever-so-effective whisper of the Holy Spirit often stops me in my self-determined course, causes me to tune in and consider if I’m going in the right direction.
God’s gentle whispers enable me to hear His message above the LOUD of the world.
The LOUD of the enemy.
The LOUD of the urgent and dreadful.
The LOUD of worry.
Not to say God can’t – and doesn’t – communicate with impressive effectiveness, calling forth hurricane force winds, earthquakes, raging fires, and such, but He’s not dependent on LOUD to speak with great force like some booming politician, vying for a slot in the presidential race.
The force of God’s gentle whisper is more than adequate.
Makes sense, given gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
When Elijah heard it (gentle whisper) he pulled his cloak over his face
and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
I Kings 19:13.
It was the force of quiet that nudged Elijah out of hiding, not the fierce wind, earthquake, or fire. (vs 11-12)
Turns out gentleness makes for effective leadership and Christ-centered parenting. To date, none of my children have truly heard my lofty wisdom when my tone intensifies. Instead, what they’ve heard is LOUD. Then… LOUDER. Heck, even the use of a period at the end of my text message – merely to indicate the sentence is complete – can communicate ire…
Why are you angry?
Who knew proper punctuation suggested heated emotion?
So it’s the spirit of gentleness that draws a person in, the force of God’s gentle whisper that inclines my heart to His wisdom.
How have you allowed yourself to tune in only to the LOUD and URGENT?
In what ways can you apply the force of a hushed whisper to convey the message of your heart?
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